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cartouche

an elliptical symbol encircling the inscribed birth and coronation names of the king

ebony

Hard black heartwood of certain tropical African trees.

frieze

a band of images or ornaments usually on a wall

rekhyt

The rekhyt is a bird called the Lapwing. At the beginning it was used to indicate the people of Lower Egypt, then it became the symbol of all Egyptians. Therefore, it was represented either under the feet of the pharaoh or adoring his cartouche to signify that the people are his subjects.

sledge

a strong heavy sled on runners, usually drawn by work animals, and used for transporting loads

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Naos, or Shrine, of Tutankhamun, Gilded and Incised
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This small shrine, made of wood and covered with thick gold, rests on a silver-plated sledge. The exterior and the double doors are decorated with scenes showing the king and his wife hunting and enjoying life.

The scenes on the double doors are surrounded by friezes of decorations, royal cartouches, and rekhyt birds. Rekhyt birds are lapwings or plovers with human arms, that symbolize all the people ruled by the king.

Inside the shrine, an ebony pedestal and back pillar bearing the king's name indicated that it had once housed a statue, perhaps that of the goddess Weret-Hekau, Great of Magic, who is mentioned several times in the texts, or a statue of the king himself.

Dimensions:  Height 50.5 cm  Width 32 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Chased

Style:

New Kingdom

Materials:

Wood
  Gold
  Silver
Type Type

Type:

Naos
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Valley of the Kings
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

1333 BC - 1323 BC

Acquired: 

1934 AD
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Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

Bust Model of Tutankhamun
Bust Model of Tutankhamun

Corselet of Tutankhamun
Corselet of Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun

Weret-Hekau
Weret-Hekau

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